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10, thanks for watching. i'm renee chenault-fattah. for sheena parveen and all of us, the news continues with "nbc nightly news" with brian williams. on our broadcast tonight, what went wrong with hospital procedure? the questions now that a 26-year-old nurse is the latest ebola patient in the u.s. high alert as a violent storm system now moves across our country. it's already spawned tornadoes tonight. 40 million americans are in the path of this weather. behind closed doors, what happened today at the vatican that's being described as earth shattering for the catholic church. and making a difference, a place where one man's trash is treasure island for a lot of young creative minds. "nightly news" begins now. from nbc news world headquarters in new york, this is "nbc nightly news" with brian williams. good evening. and with another ebola patient now hospitalized, it's clearer
than ever this monday night just how serious this ebola outbreak is. today, the world health organization called the outbreak "the most severe acute health emergency seen in modern times." while they acknowledge that fear of ebola is spreading around the world faster than the virus itself, it has so far taken 4,000 lives. and in dallas, texas, another american is hospitalized with ebola, a young nurse who was exposed to it there treating a patient who is now dead. it's where we begin tonight. nbc's kate snow is there. kate, good evening. >> reporter: brian, good evening to you. the cdc said today that the nurse is clinically stable but her family is understandably upset. this is a young woman we're learning who used to care for patients here at this hospital and is now a patient herself. her name is nina pham, a 26-year-old nurse. her friend tells nbc news her parents are struggling. >> a shock situation.
they really don't know what to do. >> reporter: at her home today more hazmat teams removing barrels of waste. her dog was taken to a safe place. pham started running a low-grade fever on friday. she drove herself to the hospital? >> correct. her car is at the hospital or was at the hospital. we decontaminated the car. >> reporter: over the weekend smith's cleaning crew power washed sidewalks where pham used to walk her dog. >> we want to do everything we could to make sure it wasn't there. >> reporter: neighbors received calls from the city meant to reassure them. >> precautions are already in place to clean all known potential areas of contact to ensure public health. >> reporter: today the cdc said it's doing a detailed investigation to try and determine how pham became infected while wearing protective gear. >> if this one individual was infected and we don't know how within the isolation unit, then it's possible that other individuals could have been infected as well. >> reporter: over the weekend friedman said there was a breach at the hospital.
today he said he never meant to suggest it was the nurse's fault. >> i feel awful that a health care worker became infected in the care of an ebola patient. she was there trying to help the first patient survive. >> reporter: so far the cdc said they know of only one person who came into direct contact with pham and is being monitored. 48 are still being watched because they were around thomas eric duncan who died last week. duncan's apartment was also cleaned out. all items incinerated. >> the ash with no risk. >> reporter: plans to send that waste to louisiana, but today the attorney general there blocked six truckloads from coming into the state. so many americans on edge. kate snow, nbc news, dallas. >> reporter: this is peter alexander. the first case of ebola contracted in the u.s. is exposing critical gaps in the nation's health care system. how could a hospital nurse get infected with the deadly virus? and could it happen again? health experts insist without more hands-on preparation, yes. >> you actively reach out to the
people who are going to be taking care of these individuals and you help train them rather than relying on them just passively training themselves. >> reporter: the lead authority, the cdc, offers this basic diagram of a crucially important process how to put on and take off protective gear. but in real life it's complicated. nbc news recently observed a demonstration at emory university. >> we tape our first set of gloves on. >> reporter: it's a meticulous task where suiting up can take 20 minutes and a second worker watching every step. workers can be most at risk removing the equipment. emory is one of only four hospitals that have been training for years to treat diseases like ebola. but a patient could show up almost anywhere, even at a family doctor. >> if a patient comes in the evening when the health department is closed, how do i safely get that patient to the emergency room while exposing the least amount of people. >> reporter: nurse kelly recently cared for a hospital patient with a high fever who had been to west africa. >> i was just wearing the yellow
gown, the mask that didn't cover my eyes and my gloves. that's it. >> reporter: turns out that individual had malaria, not ebola. but there's growing concern from a national nurses group that says its members are not prepared. >> we want the direct training so that we can use the equipment prior to having to use it with a patient that actually has ebola. >> reporter: for the first time the cdc says it's considering the idea of transferring patients with ebola to one of those specially equipped hospitals which safely and successfully treated the first three americans with the disease, brian. >> peter alexander in washington. kate snow before that in dallas starting us off. thanks to you both. we have an update on our team tonight. our cameraman, ashoka mukpo is improving at the university of nebraska medical center. he is eating and drinking, sitting up in the hospital generally much better. and our chief medical editor, dr. nancy snyderman, has been in the news herself these past few days. we spoke with nancy earlier today during which time she said "while under voluntary quarantine guidelines which called for our team to avoid
public contact for 21 days, members of our group violated those guidelines and understand that our quarantine is now mandatory until 21 days have passed. we remain healthy and our temperatures are normal. as a health professional, i know that we have no symptoms and pose no risk to the public, but i am deeply sorry for the concerns this episode caused. we are thrilled that ashoka is getting better. and our thoughts continue to be with the thousands affected by ebola whose stories we all went to cover." now, in this country tonight, the subject of immediate concern upwards of 40 million americans. a violent already-deadly storm system looks like it's headed right up the mississippi river. it has spawned tornadoes already as it moves across the center of our country. the governor of louisiana's already declared a state of emergency there. the threat continues into tonight. weather channel meteorologist mike seidel near the border with
texas, mike, good evening. >> reporter: severe weather tore through the south today. hurricane force wind gusts ripped through homes, uprooted trees and downed power lines. >> we've got several tornado warnings. >> reporter: this time lapse video shows the line as it barrelled into southern arkansas. a confirmed ef-2 tornado cut a line of destruction near the town of ashdown overturning tracts and destroying buildings. a father of three was killed when he and his wife were thrown from their home. their children were trapped under the debris. >> their mother is in intensive care right now, but she's stable. and their father didn't make it. >> reporter: in monroe, louisiana, tens of thousands of people are powerless tonight after a possible tornado. heavy damage was reported at the university of louisiana campus and a gas leak forced a high school to be evacuated. in texas, lightning ignited fires in an oil well and nearby
homes. late today in illinois several homes devstroyed in the bellvile area. tonight tornado watches stretch from indianapolis to new orleans. there will be more wind damage. watch out in nashville in the next few hours and risk of more flash flooding and wind damage tomorrow morning before rush hour. those storms roll into atlanta. again, tomorrow we could see a few more tornadoes. more wind damage, more power knocked out and more flash flooding. brian, for the first time in october in five years in the country this was the first october tornado death in five years. and in this county this is only the second tornado fatality since 1950. brian. >> mike seidel in southwestern arkansas for us tonight. mike, thanks. in ferguson, missouri, police arrested another 19 people today as three days of protests culminated there. the reason for it all, enduring anger over the shooting death of 18-year-old michael brown now over two months ago. after several weeks of relative calm, protesters and police are facing off in the streets, those same streets all over again.
nbc's ron allen is there for us tonight. >> reporter: today in a driving rainstorm the culmination of what organizers called a weekend of resistance. >> hands up! >> don't shoot! >> reporter: protesters converge on police headquarters demanding justice for michael brown, the unarmed teenager killed by a police officer two months ago and others they see as victims of police violence. >> there's too much impunity. >> reporter: police drew a line they did not want crossed. how do you keep this calm? what do you do? >> they're just praying. let them pray. >> reporter: perhaps the largest demonstrations in decades in st. louis. a crowd of several thousand this weekend. later, clashes with police and more than a dozen arrests. overnight st. louis university was occupied for several hours. >> are you denying us access to a public building? >> reporter: today, more
arrests. the marchers including prominent activist cornell west saying they wanted to enter headquarters to meet the police chief. a demonstration for some four and a half hours. protesters offended it took police that long to remove michael brown's body from the street. tonight, police in riot gear remain on guard outside the ferguson police headquarters. several weeks before the grand jury decides to indict, several more weeks of tension and anxiety here in ferguson. >> ron allen in ferguson for us tonight, ron, thanks. overseas we have a dangerous and changeable situation in iraq where isis is now reported to be within eight miles of the baghdad airport. they've also reportedly now taken more than a third of the key syrian city of kobani after intense fighting there and despite repeated u.s. air strikes. meantime, hanging in the balance of course the life of american peter kassig held hostage by isis. his parents in an interview with
nbc's peter alexander from their home reveal they last heard from their son in an audio message about a week ago now where he said he feared his time was running out. parents both said opening up a dialogue with isis has been almost impossible. there is news from the vatican tonight widely described today as something of an earthquake for the catholic church. it involves a global gathering of bishops including the pope held behind closed doors in what could be a dramatic shift in the church's thinking on gays and divorce and re-married catholics. nbc's ann thompson covers the vatican for us and has our report. >> reporter: the francis effect, and his vision of a more inclusive church embraced today by the catholic bishop. in a statement one observer describes the church thinking outloud, the bishops take a merciful tone to disaffected
catholics writing "homosexuals -- reiterating the church's opposition to same-sex marriage. on the contentious issue of divorce and re-married catholics, it urged new pastoral path. >> an indication the church is listening and wants to reach out to these people. >> reporter: following the example of pope francis, marrying 20 couples at the vatican last month. some who had already lived together, one couple even have a child. last year famously saying about a gay person -- [ speaking in a foreign language ] -- who am i to judge. an ancient religion grappling with modern life. ann thompson, nbc news, new york. here in new york today the rough ride of wall street continues after a volatile week. the dow finished the start of the new week down 223. nasdaq, s&p down as well. still ahead for us on a
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the season's been called off amid allegations of hazing on the team. but over the weekend it became clear that a canceled season may be the least of the penalties these players face. nbc's stephanie gosk has the story. >> reporter: the town of sayreville, new jersey, is soul searching. the high school football team that made it so proud now exposed under a harsh national spotlight. >> it's who risk. totally horrific. that's not what this was all about. >> reporter: seven of the players ages 15 to 17 are facing criminal charges including aggravated sexual assault and criminal restraint. news reports say in one case upper class men allegedly pinned a freshman player down before sexually assaulting. because the students are minors, school officials were only given limited details. >> there were acts of harassment and intimidation of bullying at a pervasive wide scale level. >> reporter: last week before
charges were filed the superintendent canceled the football season triggering immediate anger among parents who still didn't know the charges. >> these kids are going through a lot right now. you guys had no respect for us as parents -- >> football means everything here. and you can tell by the outrage of the parents. >> reporter: matthew is a local reporter. >> football is huge here. sayreville has won three championships the past four years. anywhere you go in town you see cars with logos and pennants and stickers on back. >> reporter: on sunday hundreds of parents and friends came out to rally for the victims. >> kids were violated. and a football season is nothing compared to the pain and hurt that they probably will have to go through for the rest of their lives. >> reporter: tonight, the seven arrested students are suspended. and there are calls for the coach and his staff to be fired. the superintendent says the board has launched its own investigation into the entire athletic program. stephanie gosk, nbc news, sayreville, new jersey. quick break for us. we're back in a moment with the story behind an incredible image
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new york city public school teachers and all intended to spark ideas in young minds. these second graders are studying architecture and toured material for the arts warehouse. remember these? well, with a little packing tape and a lot of ingenuity, they're being transformed into houses. >> it's like a little lamp right here. >> put a flag up here. >> this is more awesome than buying a million video games. >> reporter: so what can you get here? how about a cardboard tube? pom-poms? in orange or green. an office chair. or the perfect button. everything here is donated, much of it from tv shows, fashion empires, big businesses and even museums. >> we don't get a lot of money for our materials. and it's expensive for kids and teachers to bring it in.
>> reporter: he teaches art in harlem. >> this is a three-dollar sheet of paper. there's a thousand of them right here. that's $3,000 of paper. schools don't have that kind of money. they just don't have it. >> reporter: run by the new york city department of cultural affairs. harriet has been at the helm for 16 years. >> every teacher has needs, everybody has stuff. pretty simple, put it together. we are like the matchmakers of stuff. >> reporter: a lifeline for creativity where anything is possible. >> wow, look at that. >> reporter: katy tur, nbc news, new york. >> that is our broadcast on a monday night as we start off a new week. thank you for being here with us. i'm brian williams reporting tonight from new york where as of tonight the rink is open out back behind our place. we hope to see you right back here tomorrow evening. good night. >> tori meets dean's
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